Neum's Review of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame


  • 2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom ... (2011)

    While it mostly apes various splinter genres of the Chinese historical epic / fantasy action film, Detective Dee adds a visual panache and keeps a certain story integrity to make the style feel at least somewhat unique. The central mystery is probably over-explained at times, and I never got a strong sense that Dee was a brilliant, Holmesian detective (to match what the story kept insisting to the audience), despite (or maybe because of) Andy Lau's over-serious countenance. But there are a few wonderfully-realized sequences (such as the Phantom Bazaar scenes) that kept the film from falling into completely boring rehash. Though the film is probably 20 minutes too long and needed a lot of tightening in the script, I'm keeping my eye open for any possible future Detective Dee films.

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